By Ling-Mei Wong
Voters reelected Barack Obama as president on Tuesday. In Massachusetts, voters named Elizabeth Warren to be their next senator.
The president thanked his supporters. “Tonight, in this election, you, the American people, reminded us that though our road has been hard, our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back and we know in our heart, for the United States of America, the best is yet to come,” Obama said.
Obama won the electoral vote 303-206 and is expected to win the popular vote. However, results in some states are too closely contested to call.
In his concession speech, Gov. Mitt Romney said, “This is a time of great challenges to America, and I pray the president will be successful in guiding our nation.”
Warren beat incumbent Scott Brown on a “strong” middle-class platform. “I will always carry your stories with me in my heart,” she said. “I won’t just be your senator. I will be your champion.”
Brown alluded to running for office again in his concession speech. “Defeat is only temporary,” he said.
While the presidential race was closely contested, the candidates shared more similarities than differences. The presidential debates established Romney’s credibility, particularly his polished attacks on an unprepared Obama in the first round. Obama came back tougher on the second and third debates, defending his record and demanding more specifics on Romney’s tax reform plan.
Mass. senate race
Warren’s debate performance came off strong, while Brown tried to avoid the first debate. While the two agreed on no third-party ads, the senate race was characterized by Brown’s personal attacks on Warren’s Native American ancestry.
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